verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of cheat
Examples from the Web for cheating
Due to the video lacking audio, what they were fighting about remains a mystery—“was Jay cheating?”Yoncé Said Knock You Out: The Solange and Jay Z Story|Kevin O’Keeffe|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Gutierrez tries unsuccessfully to insinuate that Jay was cheating on Stephanie, suggesting ulterior motives.The Scoop on ‘Serial’: Making Sense of The Nisha Call, Asia's Letters, and Our Obsession|Emily Shire|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Businesses have been cheating American workers for three decades.
The callers generally wanted to know, she says, “does he love me, will she love me, is he cheating?”Sex, Suicide, and Homework: The Secret World of the Telephone Hotline|Tim Teeman|November 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It dawned on Davis (not her real name) that her boyfriend may be cheating.
I should judge it to be worth one hundred dollars, so there is evidently "cheating in all trades but ours."Practical Graining|William E. (William Edmund) Wall
Cheating is not always a crime, and successful cheating is a question of better education.The Law and the Poor|Edward Abbott Parry
Cheating, lying, and gambling looked as if they would pay after all!The Fifth Form at Saint Dominic's|Talbot Baines Reed
By their feline and gentle manners they can seduce and charm persons they have an interest in cheating, whenever they please.The Gold-Seekers|Gustave Aimard
But he is not the less clever in the manipulation of the different means of cheating.The Sharper Detected and Exposed|Jean-Eugne Robert-Houdin
Word Origin for cheat
"deceptiveness, swindling," 1530s, verbal noun from cheat (v.).
mid-15c., "to escheat," a shortening of Old French escheat, legal term for revision of property to the state when the owner dies without heirs, literally "that which falls to one," past participle of escheoir "befall by chance, happen, devolve," from Vulgar Latin *excadere "to fall away," from Latin ex- "out" (see ex-) + cadere "to fall" (see case (n.1)). Also cf. escheat. The royal officers evidently had a low reputation. Meaning evolved through "confiscate" (mid-15c.) to "deprive unfairly" (1580s). To cheat on (someone) "be sexually unfaithful" first recorded 1934. Related: Cheated; cheating.
late 14c., "forfeited property," from cheat (v.). Meaning "a deceptive act" is from 1640s; earlier, in thieves' jargon, it meant "a stolen thing" (late 16c.), and earlier still "dice" (1530s). Meaning "a swindler" is from 1660s.